A LETTER FROM A SUPERVISING TEACHER
Certainly not necessary, but something to consider.
Dear Student Teacher:
I am so excited and pleased that you will be joining me in my classroom. The children are so lucky to be getting another teacher to help them learn. I’m also a little worried. I’m not worried about your abilities or preparation, but about myself. Will I be able to make you feel welcomed and comfortable? Will I be able to communicate with you in a way that will make you grow confidently into the kind of teacher you want to be? Will I be able to answer all of your questions fully?
Trust and honesty are important qualities in a teacher. I promise to trust you and be honest with you. Will you be honest with me? If you need special help in an area, will you trust me enough to ask? If you are scared, unsure, and worried, will you be honest with yourself and tell me?
I promise to introduce you to the other members of our school team and to make you fell welcomed. I won’t leave you out of conversations and make you feel like a third wheel. There are times when I might want to be alone with other teachers. I’m not going to talk about you. Remember, you can trust me.
I don’t expect you to become me. You will teach differently. I hope you will want to do some things that I do, but then again, you have just completed your college education and should have some new and exciting ideas to share with me. Teach me. Share with me. I will share all my ideas with you. Remember, there is so much that I can share with you.
There is one area that you will have to show me that I can trust you. That’s with my children. They are my world to me. Every one of them has become a part of me – an extension of my soul. Through your planning and preparation, your promptness, your interest, your concern for their welfare, your giving that little bit of extra effort, you can show me that they have also become a part of you. I love them and you will grow to love them, too.
Yes, I am called your cooperating teacher, but I hope that I can also be called your friend.
Adapted from Wentz, P., Yarling, J. (1994). Student Teaching Casebook for Supervising Teachers and Teaching Interns. New York: Macmillan.